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Children, Youth, and Family Services

This 30 credit certificate prepares students to help deserving families as they work toward a better life.  Those working in human services settings or those who hope to enter the field of human services can take advantage of the program's flexible and convenient opportunities for self-enhancement, further education, and professional development.

Foundation Courses* (Select 9 credits)

ENGL 015 (GWS) Rhetoric and Composition (3 credits) Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose. Prerequisites: ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on the English proficiency exam.

CAS 100 (GWS) Effective Speech (3 credits) Introduction to speech communication: formal speaking, group discussion, analysis and evaluation of messages.

PSYCH 100 (GS) Psychology (3 credits) Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.

SOC 001 (GS) Introductory Sociology (3 credits) The nature and characteristics of human societies and social life.

BIOL 141 (GN) Introductory Physiology (3 credits) Explanation of the normal structure and function of the animal body, with special emphasis on human body systems. Students who have passed BIOL 472 may not schedule this course.


BI SC 004 (GN) Human Body: Form and Function (3 credits) A general survey of structure and function – from conception through growth and reproduction to death.  Students who have passed BIOL 129 and BIOL 141 may not schedule this course.

NUTR 251 (GHS) Introductory Principles of Nutrition (3 credits) The nutrients: food sources and physiological functions as related to human growth and well-being throughout life; current nutrition issues.  Students who have passed NUTR 151 may not schedule this course.

Professional Core* (15 credits required)

HD FS 129 (GS) Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies (3 credits) Introduction to psychological and family development at all stages of the individual and family life cycle.

HD FS 229 (GS) Infant and Child Development (3 credits) Theory, research, and methods of social/behavioral/biological sciences related to development processes and intervention during infancy and childhood.

HD FS 239 (GS) Adolescent Development (3 credits) Social, behavioral, and biological development and intervention throughout adolescence.

HD FS 311 (GS) Human Development and Family Studies Intervention (3 credits) Survey of individual and family formal and informal intervention efforts; historical and current perspectives and approaches. Prerequisite: HD FS 129

HD FS 315 (US) Family Development (3 credit) Family functions over the life course; family from a multidisciplinary perspective, emphasizing adaptation and change. Prerequisite: HD FS 129; 3 credits of social, behavioral, or human biological sciences

Professional Electives* (Select 6 credits)

HD FS 216 Personal and Interpersonal Skills (3 credits) Conceptions of life-span personal and interpersonal skill enhancement.

HD FS 218 Foundations of Marriage (3 credits) Factors influencing the husband/wife relationship across the life course.

HD FS 395 Internship (1-18 credits)

HD FS 330 Observation or Experience with Children, Youth, and Families (1-6 credits per semester) Directed observations of, or supervised experiences with, children, youth, and families in a group or home setting.  Prerequisite: HD FS 229 or PSYCH 270

KINES 060 (GHS) Principles and Practices of Healthy Living (3 credits) Facts and principles as related and applied to the science of living serve as a basis for health instruction and student guidance.

BB H 101 (GHA) Introduction to Biobehavioral Health (3 credits) Introduction to an interdisciplinary study of health, examining the interaction of biological processes and behavior on health.

PHIL 103 (GH) Introduction to Ethics (3 credits) Ethical theory about virtue, duty, autonomy, and life quality applied to moral problems, including character, violence, oppression, abortion and suicide.

HD FS 301 Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions (3 credits) Examine bases for choices among values in personal and professional relations in human development processes and supporting services.

*Students are responsible for completing any required prerequisite courses.